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Drinking a tiny glass of beerI got an email today from a subscriber in response to my article about stuff to do at the end of the year.  I talked about New Years Resolutions.  She referred to a comment made by the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, at the cricket the other day, about drinking sensibly, as a resolution for the New Year.

This is a scary issue to write about.  It’s scary because even mentioning it or reading about it puts us face to face with our own worries and weaknesses about drinking alcohol.

Now, don’t call the cops, but it is a lovely warm sunny day here in Melbourne Australia, (I offer guiltily as my excuse), and I do have a cold alcoholic beverage in front of me right now as I type.  I’m not driving anywhere.

Without going into detail or argument about the recommended amount of alcohol doctors and scientists recommend we should limit ourselves to, depending on whether we are young, female or male etc, I offer my thoughts about ways to cut down, limit or control the amount of alcohol we consume.

Taking a blood sampleAs some of my readers know, I’d been unwell last year, and was struggling to keep on top of things because of it.  I want to share this with all my women readers in case it might help anyone with the same problem, as I’d apparently been struggling with a health problem for two years and had no idea anything was wrong, other than I was just always tired.

I went to see my doctor complaining of aching pains in my arms and legs.  She ordered a blood test which revealed that my iron was very low.  It seems I had so little iron stored in my liver that it was being leached from my bone marrow, which was causing the funny little pains. 

The gastroenterologist I was referred to said that although my diet was good, and I had taken an iron supplement for a while after the twins were born, it had been insufficient to deal with the demands on my body of two pregnancies close together and breastfeeding three babies in that short time.

Prior to seeing my doctor, I had been experiencing tiredness and lethargy for a long time, so long that I was not aware of any difference between how I was feeling with my youngest children being 2 years old and how I had felt when I was still feeding them during the night and recovering from the birth.


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